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Around this time last year, I had the pleasure of telling you about our just adopted Water Supply By-law No. 1419, which brought the Town into line with the provincial government’s Quebec Strategy for Drinking Water Conservation. One year later, the stakes remain the same: Quebec still aims to achieve a 20% or greater reduction in average per capita water production across the province by 2017. And Mount Royal is proud to do its part to support such a laudable goal.

Of all the measures included in our municipal by-law to protect drinking water, the setting of a specific schedule for watering lawns has probably generated the most interest as well as the largest number of queries from Townies. And that’s especially true this time of year. So, today I’d like to go over the points that are important for you to keep in mind.

The way it works is pretty simple. Regardless of which street you live on, if your civic number is even (44, 102 or 1308, for example), you can water your lawn on even-numbered dates. Similarly, if your civic number is odd (57, 111 or 1033, for example), you can water on odd-numbered dates.

If you have a sprinkler system, you must water early in the morning – between 3:00 and 6:00 – on your permitted days. Watering with a hose is allowed between 6:00 and 8:00 and between 18:00 and 22:00, again on your permitted days. That’s all you need to know.

By watering according to this schedule, you will help us protect the valuable resource that drinking water is and will yet again contribute to the effort to save the environment, an effort that’s not just local but also provincial, national and even global.

While on the subject of lawns, I’ll take advantage of this opportunity to remind you that, once yours is watered, if you notice any signs of infestation by pests, the Town can recommend various earth-friendly solutions to your gardening problems. Don’t hesitate to call our Green Line, an entirely free service, by dialling 514-734-4222.

And now, all that remains for me to do is to wish you a delightful summer.

Philippe Roy

Mayor

90 Roosevelt Avenue

Mont-Royal H3R 1Z5